KOP's Raw Review
~ What a way to kick off the show! This has been a hotly anticipated show since last week's announcement. I'm just wondering though, why Test was in this match instead of Matt Striker. I was under the impression that Striker was the one getting the push and that Test was just his bodyguard. It might be that you didn't want Striker to take the fall/pin is all. Curious though. No real surprise to see Test go out first, since he was never going to get the shot anyway. The assault on Jeff Hardy pretty much guarantees his victory, with some spectacular comeback I'll bet. I still think that Carlito and Booker T are better then how you are treating them; certainly higher than this mid card level you have them at anyway. Quite surprising to see Carlito eliminated cleanly by Booker, but I guess it furthers their feud. Jeff makes his miraculous comeback to get the win, but I think you meant to say that he hit the Swanton Bomb at the end, not a second Twist Of Fate
Wow, hell of a beat down for Jeff afterwards from Shelton Benjamin, pretty much solidifying his heel turn here. Judging from the opening to this feud and the way it has gone so far, I can see Jeff getting the title at SummerSlam.
~ I'm not really sure what to make of this next segment. I was all but convinced that Charlie Haas would be going some way to bolstering up your tag team division, but I can safely say that I'm delighted to see this hint at a single's push. Nothing about this promo really blew me a way, since both Haas and Benjamin are weak talkers, but I love the concept of a feud between the two of them (
) and I think using Shelton as the heel is an original take. Benjamin is tied up with Hardy for now though, so I may be reading far too much into this.
~ Short but sweet little Diva's match next. No real surprise to see Melina go over Maria here, since Melina will be beneficial to the Women's title division. Whenever Victoria is the Champ, or at least involved in the title hunt, it always makes the division much better, so good work.
~ Nice segment between Team McMahon, with all of these superb heels in character throughout. I like the idea of the constant hostility between all of them, especially with Christian having feuded with both Edge and Orton during his face run. Great announcement for the match tonight between Flair and Orton; I cam see some kind of beat down coming. One thing that worries me though, is that this feud has now become THE feud on Raw right now, and the WWE title is being made to take a bit of a backseat.
~ Pretty much a squash match for the World Tag Team Champions over their opponents from Vengeance in the Highlnaders, and it's blatantly obvious that you are REALLY struggling with the tag team division. I don't blame you, since it was very slim at this time anyway. The Highlanders can do for now as the face team to hold the fort, but without any credible opponents, I can see MNM holding the belts for a LONG time.
~ Another interesting segment next. You used Jericho to carry the promo, which is smart thinking, seeing as Palumbo has untested mic ability, and you have learned to write wonderfully with Y2J throughout this thread. As to what Jericho was referring to about the "favour" he'll do for Chuck, I can only think that it is a future title shot if he helps him get the gold. As for the match later tonight, Jericho should really go over Sabu cleanly in ordrer to maintain his strength.
~ Nice promo from Ric Flair next. I think this is one of Naitch's first interviews in a while, and SummerSlam could be his first PPV appearance since the Royal Rumble? There's always plenty of history between him and Orton, so it makes for some patented intense segments from Naitch. I doubt Flair will get the win tonight; most likely he'll take the fall. I can see Flair taking the fall at SummerSlam too in the Steel Cage Showdown, since I've got my money on a heel victory and it makes most sense to have the oldest guy get pinned.
~ Yeah, somehow I doubted this match would go smoothly between Randy Orton and Ric Flair. The ending certainly surprised me though, with Orton first going for the brass knucks but ends up with Naitch getting DQ'd after a low blow. That's a patented Nature Boy finish really, and I guess it works well since Flair lost to Christian last week, and he should never be a jobber. The aftermath was brutal to say the least, very reminiscent of what Rated RKO did in early '07 constantly. Just like J.R and King were wondering, I was baffled as to why NO ONE, let alone Shawn Michaels came to the aid of Flair. Why would you leave your partner all alone?
~ Ah that's good old fashioned family racism
I hate Cryme Tyme's gimmick and all, but I guess a face team is desperately required for Raw right now.
~ GOOD GOD NO! Did Jericho just lose cleanly to ... to ... to Sabu? That has to be one of the strangest results I've ever read in your thread, Jericho is the #1 Contender to the WWE title, yet he jobs basically to a debutant? Certainly unusual, and it might just be the Y2J mark in me that is so pissed. You may need to explain yourself on MSN, bud
If you plan on having Sabu enter the WWE title picture, I fear the worst.
~ Great promo to end the show with, FINALLY letting us know the ultimate line ups for Team Showstopper. HBK was excellent here I'll let you know, and I think you can pat me on the back on something since I named Cena in his team ages ago
His rap was quite poor though to be honest, and didn't really have any flow to it. I was pleased to see some more of McMahon tonight, and part of me wishes that he would wrestle at SummerSlam. Make it 5 on 5 please? Never, never in a million years did I have Stone Cold down as the final member of HBK's team. That's kind of stupid of me since it makes perfect sense. Austin's short segment was great, but I don't think Vince would have slapped him, would he? The final shot with Edge getting the last laugh was ... well ... sick. I love Edge as a deranged lunatic, so this was an excellent, and slightly old school idea for him to use. Excellent idea.
Overall this was a very good show, KOP, probably slightly better than your last one. I'm still reeling from Sabu defeating Jericho, but I'm sure you had your reasons. The opening match and ending promo were superb, and I commend you for that. Very well done indeed